Graced with sandy shores and turquoise waters, Ko Samet attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Offering upscale resorts, beach barbecues and nightly fire-juggling shows, the action is non-stop on this fun-filled Thai island.
Things to do in Ko Samet
Beaches are the heart of Ko Samet, where you can get traditional Thai massages on the sand and order cocktails by the bucket. Water sports dominate Sai Kaew Beach, such as parasailing, jet skiing and kitesurfing. For a more secluded spot hidden by giant boulders, find your way to Ao Thian Beach or Ao Wai Beach.
Book a snorkelling or scuba diving expedition or take a boat ride to small coral islands nearby. In the evenings, you’ll find plenty of nightlife options, including beach dancing at Silversand bar on Ao Phai Beach. Drive to Ploy Talay nightclub on Saikaew Beach to catch a traditional fire show on the sand along with two dance floors.
Dining spots spread along the shoreline and Main Street, including Red Ginger, a favourite local spot serving Thai food with a Canadian twist. Indulge in fresh fish and prawns at Kitt & Food or try rich Thai curries at Banana Bar. For international fare on the sand under a canopy of lighted trees, head to Jep’s Restaurant.
Looking for a day trip? If you feel like embracing nature, hit the hiking trails at Khao Laem Ya/Mu Ko Samet National Park. It’s also a quiet place for snorkelling and lounging on the small Ko Kudee beach.
Getting around Ko Samet
Ko Samet is accessed via the mainland piers in Ban Phe, with ferries docking at Na Dan. You can hire a speedboat to drop you off at most main beaches on the island. Taxis congregate around the pier and you can rent motorbikes and golf carts in the northern part of the island.